08 MAY 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—On Monday, May 14th at 6:00 p.m., the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology offers a special free program, What is Happening Today in Iraq and Afghanistan?, a timely update on cultural heritage and cultural property issues in war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Richard Zettler, Curator-in-charge, Near East Section, Penn Museum, and Dr. Fredrik Hiebert of the National Geographic Society, a Research Associate at Penn Museum, share their perspectives at this program, co-sponsored by the Center for Ancient Studies and the Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania:
Update on the Preservation of Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage
Dr. Fredrik Hiebert
National Geographic Society;
Research Associate, Penn Museum
Fredrik Hiebert has been actively focusing on cultural heritage preservation in Afghanistan since the downfall of the Taliban in 2003. He helped to organize and document the opening of boxes of Kabul Museum artifacts that had been secretly hidden by the curators of the Kabul museum 25 years ago. Since 2003, cultural heritage safe- guarding has become a major issue in Afghanistan. What does the future hold for Afghanistan's 5,000-yea- old civilization? How are cultural heritage efforts being received in Afghanistan? And what is the world doing to help?
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